Grants to Green Assessment Award: The Bonney Memorial Library has received a grant from Grants to Green Maine, a partnership between the Maine Development Foundations' Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation, to fund an energy audit. This audit will provide the basis to submit a proposal to Grants to Green to fund energy issues with the current library building as well as the addition. The proposal will possibly include: a new furnace; heat pump/air conditioner; new efficient lighting; a solar photovoltaic array on the library roof to provide the library with electricity to operate the heat pump/air conditioner as well as the lighting. We would like to have a window panel for the furnace room that will include posters explaining the heat pump and solar operation, and to have a monitor showing the real time readings from the solar panels. These displays would be used as learning tools and the backdrop for lectures and conferences.
Latest News: June 2015 Bonney Memorial Library Receives Grant to Lower Energy Costs
The Bonney Memorial Library recently received a $23,992.00 grant from Grants to Green Maine, a partnership between the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation to provide energy improvements that will help reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency.
This grant will enable Bonney Memorial Library to implement lighting upgrades, window upgrades and to install a solar electric system and heat pumps, said Jack Bash, Cornish Library Association Treasurer.The implementation of these upgrades will contribute to energy efficiency and overall sustainability of the environment.
The Cornish Library Association existing building was built in 1929 with a generous donation from Dr. Sherman Bonney and his wife as a tribute to his parents who had been members of the Cornish Library Association.These improvements will allow the library to continue to be a focal point of community life, creativity and learning. For more information, call 207-625-8083.
Grants to Green Maine provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits located in historic buildings in downtowns in Maine. Grants to Green Maine is a partnership between the Maine Development Foundation’s Maine Downtown Center, Efficiency Maine and the Maine Community Foundation and is funded by Kendeda Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.
Updated News: July 2015
Two upgrades to our library through the Grants to Green Maine grant have been completed.
First, cellular shades were installed. These shades offer light filtration with small honeycomb-shaped pockets designed to keep air from either entering or escaping and their thick cellular fabrics provide an insulating layer to help keep our rooms at an ideal temperature.
Second, all lighting in the library has been upgraded to LED energy efficient lights.
Stop by to see our new shades and lights. They look great and make quite a difference. More energy efficient projects to come.
Updated News: October 2015, latest update December 2015
The garage located next to the library (part of the area for our expansion) is coming down. Check out the pictures below.
First board removed Taking the garage down started in earnest October 15, 2015.
Roof shingles removed. Roof off. Almost gone, sides are next!
Garage is Down! as of 9:30 am on December 22nd Area for our future expansion.
Lumber (3 loads) removed on December 28th.
Updated News: December 2015
Heat Pumps! Another energy efficient project through the Grants to Green Maine grant in the works. Check out the pictures below.
Heat pumps on the back of the library. Closeup of heat pump.
Inner Unit being installed upstairs Installation completed in Adult Room
Inner Unit being installed downstairs Installation completed in Children's Room
Maine Humanities Council Infrastructure Grant:
The Cornish Library Association is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $8000 by the Maine Humanities Council. This grant is for capital improvements, in particular to help create a new meeting, program room with full handicapped accessibility, and a door to close thus allowing use during regular library hours as well as off hours. The Maine Humanities Council grant pushes the library one step closer to completing the library's expansion.
Bonney Memorial Library Expansion Project "Join Our Plans to Expand"
Our Library's Beginning:
Brief History of the Bonney Memorial Library (view PDF Presentation below)
After 84 years of service to the townspeople of Cornish and nearby communities, a new era for the Bonney Memorial Library is beginning. We are planning to expand. Scott Simons Architects of Portland were engaged to design a two-level addition, doubling our space, and their excellent plans are now complete.
The designs provide for more convenient and efficient rooms, handicap accessibility, and expanded parking. They create more comfortable places for reading, for meetings, and for work at computers. We will have up-to-date materials, technology improvements, and new, motivating programs for people of all ages—children, young adults, adults, and families.
Detailed sketches and drawings of the architects' plans are pictured below.
These are exciting times for our library. We invite you to participate in this adventure.
FMI Fundraising Events and Library Expansion Capital Campaign.
Sketches of Bonney Memorial Library Expansion
View of Proposed Site Plan
View of Upper Level Floor Plan
View of Lower Level Floor Plan